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Railsplitters split twin bill with Carson-Newman to take third-straight SAC series

HARROGATE, TN -- The Railsplitters took their third-straight South Atlantic Conference series by splitting a twin bill with the Carson-Newman Eagles in league play on Saturday afternoon at Lamar Hennon Field. Lincoln Memorial University (19-17, 12-9 SAC) fell short in the opener, dropping a 7-6 decision in the late stages of play, but rebounded with a potent offensive display in a 14-7 victory over Carson-Newman (14-20, 10-11 SAC) in the night cap. With one win this afternoon and a 2-1 win on Friday evening in Smokies Park, the Railsplitters took the edge in their third-straight SAC series victory.

LMU is set to return to action on Tuesday, April 2nd, as they host King University for a single game of non-conference action at Lamar Hennon Field. First pitch is slated for 4 pm.

Game One Box
Carson-Newman 7
Lincoln Memorial 6

The Railsplitters took early command of the first game of the day, as they rallied for two runs in the bottom half of the first. Scott Miller set the stage with a one-out double, and Curt Fuqua drove him across the dish with a double to left field in the next at-bat. Following a strike out, Nick Pressley accounted for the final run of the inning by battling for a two-out, run-scoring double to give LMU a 2-0 lead.

That lead was short-lived, as the Eagles countered by pushing five runs across the board over the next two innings. Evan Kirckpatrick popped a two-run double and scored later in the top of the second thanks to a balk. In the third, Kevin Franchetti was responsible for two more Eagle runs, as he drilled a home run over the left-center field fence to push C-N out on top, 5-2.

Byran Everhart provided another run for Carson-Newman in the top of the fifth, as he plated Cody Fox, who led off with a single, with a double into the left-center field gap.

Over the next two innings, the Railsplitters began to chip away at the 6-2 deficit. In the home half of the fifth, Scott Miller laid down a sacrifice bunt, however, the Eagles missplayed that attempt and Jacob West came around to score off of the error. Curt Fuqua added a sacrifice fly out to make it 6-4.

Josh Coker brought the game back even in the home half of the sixth, as he slammed a two-run blast over the center field wall. On that home run, Coker brought Nolan Woody home. Woody was hit by a pitch to spark that run-scoring rally.

The Eagles quickly found an answer for that home run, as they used an RBI-single by Peter Rajkovich in the top of the seventh to regain the lead at 7-6.

The Railsplitters found themselves with a scoring chance in the bottom of the eighth, as Nolan Woody and Josh Coker walked with two outs to put a runner in scoring position. Colin Buckner was called upon to pinch hit, and the sophomore slugged a single into center field, however, pinch runner Lee Agosto was gunned down at the plate to keep Carson-Newman atop the scoreboard.

Lincoln Memorial placed another runner in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, as Curt Fuqua drilled a two-out double. However, a fly out in the next at-bat capped the game in the Eagles' favor.

Ian Creager was shackled with the loss after allowing three hits and a run in 1.2 innings of relief on the mound for Lincoln Memorial. He falls to 3-3 on the year in defeat. Logan Sawyer made the start for the Railsplitters, allowing eight hits and six runs over 4.2 innings.

LMU's nine-hit outing was spearheaded by Curt Fuqua and Nick Pressley, as that duo tallied two hits apiece. Josh Coker and Fuqua led LMU with two RBI apiece.

Daniel Sharp earned the victory after notching an unblemished 1.2 innings in relief for Carson-Newman. Ryan Fillers picked up the save after not allowing a run over the final 1.1 innings.

The Eagles' offensive attack was headlined by Evan Kirckpatrick and Peter Rajkovich's three-hit outings.

Carson-Newman 7, Lincoln Memorial 6 (Mar 30, 2013 at Harrogate, TN) (Game 1)
Carson-Newman....... 032 010 100 - 7 12 2 (14-20, 10-10 SAC)
Lincoln Memorial.... 200 022 000 - 6 9 0 (18-17, 11-9 SAC)
Pitchers: Carson-Newman - Alex Britt; Daniel Sharp(7); Ryan Fillers(8) and Kevin Franchetti.
Lincoln Memorial - Logan Sawyer; Ian Creager(5); Nick Morabito(7) and Nick Pressley.
Win-Daniel Sharp(2-1) Save-Ryan Fillers(4) Loss-Ian Creager(3-3) T-2:45 A-250
HR C-N - Kevin Franchetti (7).
HR LMU - Josh Coker (6).
Weather: Partly Sunny, low 50s

Game Two Box
Lincoln Memorial 14
Carson-Newman 7

The Railsplitters allowed two runs to come across the dish for the Eagles in both the first and second innings, however, Lincoln Memorial bested those offensive numbers by combining for nine runs over that same span to take command of the game.

The first four batters of the inning reached safely for Lincoln Memorial in the bottom of the first, and Andre Rodriguez got the scoring started with an RBI-walk in that frame. Nick Morabito added a two-run single, while Nolan Woody got in on the act with an RBI-single. Josh Coker capped the scoring in the first with a sacrifice fly out to push five across the board.

The Railsplitters used a three-run home run by Curt Fuqua and an RBI-fielder's choice by Nolan Woody to add four more runs in the home half of the second, pushing their lead out to 9-4.

Both teams went scoreless in the third before Lincoln Memorial notched two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Nick Pressley led off with a walk and Nick Morabito doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. Two batters later, both Pressley and Morabito would come home on an error by the Eagles' catcher, extending their lead to 11-4.

The Eagles drove three runs home in the top of the sixth to briefly cut into the deficit, however, the Railsplitters answered by adding three runs of their own in the bottom half of that frame. Curt Fuqua hit a two-run single and Andre Rodriguez notched a one-run single to spearhead the offensive attack in that inning.

Carson-Newman went down in order in the seventh to hand Lincoln Memorial a 14-7 win in the series-clincher.

The Railsplitters scattered 13 hits in the game with four different players (Cody Baker, Curt Fuqua, Andre Rodriguez, Nick Morabito) putting in multi-hit efforts. Fuqua led that group with a three-for-five day at the dish that included five RBI. Rodriguez, Morabito and Nolan Woody added two RBI apiece.

Patrick Morris improved to 5-1 on the season after allowing eight hits and six runs in 5.2 innings of work on the mound for Lincoln Memorial. Josh Coker closed the door on the Eagles with 1.1 innings of two-hit, one-run ball in relief.

Six different pitchers appeared in the contest for Carson-Newman with Dustin Dunagan suffering the loss. Dunagan fell to 0-5 on the year after surrendering four hits and seven runs in one inning of work.

Evan Jurjevic led the Eagles at the plate with a three-for-three showing.

Lincoln Memorial 14, Carson-Newman 7 (Mar 30, 2013 at Harrogate, TN) (Game 2)
Carson-Newman....... 220 003 0 - 7 10 3 (14-20, 10-11 SAC)
Lincoln Memorial.... 540 203 X - 14 13 1 (19-17, 12-9 SAC)
Pitchers: Carson-Newman - Dustin Dunagan; Quinton Yocom(2); Brandon Timmerman(4);
Lucas Watson(5); Evan Faithfull(6); Phillip Fabry(6) and Kevin Franchetti. Lincoln Memorial -
Patrick Morris; Josh Coker(6) and Nick Pressley.
Win-Patrick Morris(5-1) Loss-Dustin Dunagan(0-5) T-2:20 A-0
HR C-N - Bo Ausmus (6).
HR LMU - Curt Fuqua (6).
Weather: Partly Sunny, low 50s

D. Dunagan faced 2 batters in the 2nd.

Q. Yocom faced 1 batter in the 4th.
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